Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.96
Liaison Cody Powell
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Miami University
EN-11: Inter-Campus Collaboration

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Susan Meikle
University News writer and editor
University Communications
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Is the institution an active member of a national or international sustainability network?:

The name of the national or international sustainability network(s):

Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Is the institution an active member of a regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network?:

The name of the regional, state/provincial or local sustainability network(s):

Certain faculty are members of the ActivEarth committee which is associated with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). ActivEarth works to improve public health, the environment and the economy through greater levels of physical activity and active transportation like walking, bicycling, or wheelchair rolling. ACSM and ActivEarth are partnering with ecoAmerica and Climate for Health to raise awareness of the health impacts of climate change on sports medicine and exercise science and build leadership for active transportation as a climate and health solution.

Has the institution presented at a sustainability conference during the previous year? :

A list or brief description of the conference(s) and presentation(s):

Has the institution submitted a case study during the previous year to a sustainability awards program that is inclusive of multiple campuses? :

A list or brief description of the awards program(s) and submission(s):

Miami University's Lean Initiatives Program was the 2018 recipient and is the first university to receive an award from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Center for Global Supply Chain Management. It recognizes , recognizes organizations that demonstrate outstanding achievement in Lean practices and foster a Lean culture within their organization. Lean culture is in large part Green Initiatives. The award noted that Miami University's MU-Lean has shown an incredible drive to reduce cost and support learning outcomes by the use of Lean principles. MU-Lean has created an eco-system bridging processes, people and systems.

Has the institution had staff, students or faculty serving on a board or committee of a sustainability network or conference during the previous three years? :

A list or brief description of the board or committee appointment(s):

Miami University's Director of Sustainability and Associate Director of Residence Life serve as board members for Sharefest, a service and environmental nonprofit corporation dedicated to the collection and redistribution of items donated by Miami University students and the Oxford community at the end of the academic year. Collected items benefit residents in need and social service agencies throughout the region.

Does the institution have an ongoing mentoring relationship with another institution through which it assists the institution with its sustainability reporting and/or the development of its sustainability program?:

A brief description of the mentoring relationship and activities:

Miami’s award-winning Lean program, which focuses on Green Initiatives among others,, regularly hosts other institutions to learn about the process of Lean training and certification. For example, in May 2018: 20 representatives from the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) spent a day on campus in May 2018 . They toured the Geothermal Plant and learned about Miami’s Lean program. The NASIC had contacted the LEan director Al Ryan because of the Miami’s reputation for Lean excellence.

Has the institution had staff, faculty, or students serving as peer reviewers of another institution’s sustainability data (e.g. GHG emissions or course inventory) and/or STARS submission during the previous three years?:

A brief description of the peer review activities:

Has the institution participated in other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year, e.g. joint planning or resource sharing with other institutions? :

A brief description of other collaborative efforts around sustainability during the previous year:

1. The Institute for the Environment and Sustainability conducted a feasibility study for the City of Oxford, Ohio, Environmental Commission to examine whether it was possible for the City of Oxford to sign the Mayors Covenant for Climate and Energy.

2. The Institute for the Environment and Sustainability conducted research for the Clermont-Adams Counties (Ohio) Solid Waste District to develop a plan to prevent people from dumping of non-recyclable materials at recycling drop-off locations.

3. Miami’s Institute for Food Farm partners with the City of Oxford’s Farmer's Market and MOON Co-op.

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.